Thai Restaurants in Portage Bay

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4129 University Way Northeast
Seattle,
WA
US

In Focus: Little Thai Restaurant

  • Established: 1991
  • Cuisine: Thai dishes that focus on vegetarian and pescetarian options
  • Amount of MSG in each dish: zilch
  • Specialties: salmon curry, massaman curry, and grilled eggplant salad
  • Beverages: wine, beer, and thai iced tea
  • Best way to get here: Use public transportation—the restaurant’s accessible via several nearby bus stops.

4142 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast
Seattle,
WA
US

4135 University Way Northeast
Seattle,
WA
US

4235 University Way NE
Seattle,
WA
US

The aromas of peanut sauce, lemongrass, and spicy chili pastes drifting throughout the dining room at Araya's Place may seem familiar at first, but the eatery isn't like most Thai restaurants. It eschews meats and dairy entirely, forging a distinctive menu that led The Stranger to hail Araya's University District location as "Thai vegan heaven."

Working exclusively with GMO-free tofu and produce sourced from local farmers whenever possible, the chefs cook classic Thai dishes as well as a handful of slightly more imaginative creations. "I do not want to be only Thai vegetarian food," owner Araya Pudpard explained to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2008, "I want to be international vegan food."

The international twists are evident throughout the menu's otherwise familiar selection of stir-fried noodle dishes and aromatic curries. A m?lange of assorted garden vegetables, deep-fried and served with sweet-and-sour sauce, make up the veggie tempura, and the jasmine-tinged creme br?l?e conceals a vegan and gluten-free custard beneath a one-molecule-thin layer of crisp sugar.

But even with these occasional twists, Thai staples still dominate the menu's pages. One of the restaurant's more iconic dishes, the tom yum soup, is so spicy that it has appeared on the Food Network show Heat Seekers, which features two chefs who travel around the country looking for mouth-burning dishes and ice sculptures to lick afterward.

1121 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle,
WA
US

In Focus: Siam on Eastlake

  • It was formerly known as: Siam on Broadway and Siam on Lake Union
  • What has changed: Aside from the location, nothing—the food has remained consistent.
  • Additional locations: one, in Bothell
  • Vibe: sleek and modern, with UFO-shaped lighting fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Most popular dish: Jungle Chicken
  • Best way to eat Jungle Chicken: while swinging on a vine, fork in hand
  • Happy hour: daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

1629 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle,
WA
US